Salem Academy

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Salem Academy

Salem Academy

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location type grades students int’l. s-f ratio class SSAT SAT-avg TOEFL
Winston-Salem, NC girls 9-12 69 N/A 3:1 8 Opt’l 1280 70+

Salem Academy is a private college-preparatory school that offers girls with high aspirations a rigorous education in a homelike atmosphere. We provide a balanced curriculum—from physics to piano, from art to Latin, from algebra to humanities. We nurture an environment where students can lead full and happy lives, growing into young women of ideas and accomplishments. Now in its third century of sustaining a community in which girls learn best, Salem Academy remains dedicated to fostering the intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical growth of young women.

Safe and beautiful, the campus that encompasses Salem Academy provides the perfect backdrop for snapshots that capture the serious, the lighthearted, the intense, the fun. Picture yourself at Salem Academy.


The educational quality of Salem Academy emanates directly from a superb faculty whose members come to know their students in an intimate learning environment. In small classes characterized by lively discussions and debates, each girl has the opportunity to be known—and a chance to be heard.

 Special Highlights

Honors & Awards. Honor Graduates are the two seniors who have maintained the highest academic average while students at Salem. The Elisabeth Oesterlein Award is Salem’s highest award presented each year at the Founder’s Day Convocation to a four-year senior who has exemplified quality leadership and has made a notable contribution to the quality of life at the Academy.

Off Campus Activities. Off-campus social activities, planned by the Director of Student Activities, are also an important part of life at the Academy. Planned weekend activities include activities such as ice skating, rock climbing, hiking, rafting and beach excursions. Day trips are organized to Carowinds amusement park, football and hockey games and concerts. Recent weekend trips included visits to Asheville, New York City, Washington DC, and Williamsburg.

 Top colleges attended by students

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Wake Forest University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Appalachian State University, Elon University, New York University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, High Point University, University of North Carolina at Asheville

 What the school looks for in students…

“A successful Salem student is a young woman who is academically minded and motivated, but also one who wants to fully engage in the school community. Life at Salem is not only about what happens inside the classroom, but it is about trying new things.”